According to the prophecy contained in Mahayana Buddhist teachings, Maitreya will come in the future to resurrect Buddhism. This is because sentient life will have fallen into disarray and the Dharma teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha long forgotten. Our Maitreya Buddha Tibetan Thangka painting portrays the Maitreya Buddha sitting upright and prepared to fulfill the prophecy.
Indeed, the Maitreya prophecy is very similar to the prophecies concerning Dipankara (Buddha of the past) and Shakyamuni (Buddha of the present). Currently, Maitreya Buddha waits in Tusita Heaven. When his time comes, he will return to the earthly realm to obtain Buddhahood and reteach the Dharma.
This Maitreya Buddha Tibetan Thangka painting contains important symbolism. Most significant, is the uptala flower (blue lotus) that is growing over his left shoulder. The blue lotus is a symbol for enlightenment because it rises above the murky pond water to blossom in the clean air and sunshine. It is an important metaphor for devotees to rise above the sea of suffering (samsara) to achieve enlightenment.
Additionally, the artist included a Dharma Wheel sitting inside the blossom of the blue lotus. This is the ultimate symbol and it tells devotees that Maitreya will return to propel the Wheel of Dharma in the future. Our Maitreya Buddha Tibetan Thangka painting depicts Maitreya in the Tusita heaven. He is adorned in the elaborate crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva as he waits to fulfill the Mahayana Buddhist prophecy.